What do we need to be doing next?
Thank you to all the people who made the North Shelby Baptist Church’s anniversary an amazing event! What a magnificent way to celebrate God’s faithfulness.
Now what does the North Shelby Baptist church family need to be doing next? Below are four responses to the question.
- Continue to express gratitude to God for His faithfulness to this church family. 25 years of being a loving and compassionate church family is a gift that God has given you. Every gift from God brings responsibility and the first responsibility is to be grateful. This is more than a mere “thank you God and keep those blessings coming my way.” We know what God is going to do next. He is going to be faithful! We may not know how His faithfulness is going to be expressed, but God’s faithfulness is never in doubt. Our response to gratitude involves words becoming deeds like worshipping, giving, and going.
- Stay committed to the church’s Biblical vision while intentionally looking for and implementing new and effective ways of communicating the vision. The vision of “Loving God and one another sharing Jesus with the world” is as needed as it was in 1993. The world is still lost and the answer to the problem of lostness is still Jesus. But some of the methods we use in the next 25 years will need to be different than what was used in 1993. The world has changed significantly since 1993 while the Gospel has remained the same. In 1993, the internet was not available for most of us, smart phones did not exist, and Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter were not in our vocabulary. We seek to find ways to use technology to share the Gospel with friends and neighbors. The church will need to provide the latest technology for your ministers and volunteers.
- Be more passionate about the future than we are nostalgic about the past. We cannot walk very fast when we are looking backward. God’s Old Testament people learned that truth during the Exodus as they occasionally were more focused on where they had been, rather than where they were going. For Christians, home is not where we have been but where we are going. As believers we know the best is yet be. That does not mean the future will be easy, but we know that God can and will make us strong.
- Attend and participate in Bible study and worship this coming Sunday as we observer communion.
See you Sunday.
Your interim pastor, Gary Fenton